Saturday, 1 September 2018

Communications Technology Essay Assignment 1

Assignment 1                                  Communications Technology     Level 5 5NO690


·         Write an essay displaying an awareness of current and relevant issues, such as discussion of the uses, advantages/disadvantages and impact of CT.  Discuss how CT affects us both in our personal and professional lives. What legislation is there which involves Health and safety and Communication?
Assessment Criteria:
·         Extensive summary of aspects of communications technology, with clear understanding of impact on both private and public life. (4)
     Knowledge of current issues and developments in Communications and Information technology (4)
       Understanding of relevant Health & Safety & Communications legislation  (2)

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Did You Know 2017




A Day In The Life of Social Media

How is social media changing how we communicate?

What are the potential advantages of social media for the individual and for business?
What are the disadvantages of social media for the individual and for business

     Here are some videos which look at how dependent we have got with social media and technological advances

                          Look Up

                           Published on Apr 25, 2014 by Gary Turk

                        I Forgot My Phone  
                       Published on Aug 22, 2013 by charstarleneTV

                                     Have a look at this opinion piece by clicking the link. Are we paying
                                     more attention to our phones than the people in front of us? Do you 
                                     agree or disagree?

Youtube Video Technology by

Uploaded by on 16 Jul 2009
Youtube Video Technology and the Family 

What do you think this video is trying to say?

This Is Our World by Steve Cutts

Here is a video on social media stats for Ireland.
Co-founder of the internet Robert Kahn is one of the guests in this video clip which look at the impact of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) on society today. Although it is 18 mins long, it is a great video for discussing some key points about communication technology's effect on our personal and business lives. Issues such as security, the increase in social media, the adoption of the internet in developing countries, cyber-terrorism and security, the impact of dial-up to broadband, electronic mobile devices, the growing Apps market, mobile creditcard transaction machines like Square, as well as how climate change is affected.
Youtube Video ICTs for a better future (18 mins)
Uploaded by on 1 Nov 2010

You may also find this other 20 minute documentary useful about some of the more likely technological changes of the future and what effect that can have on society. The documentary looks at the past, present and future of connectivity, as well as key personnel from Flickr, Wired UK and Soundcloud discussing the emerging trends and opportunities as the new networked society develops.

Irish Social Media Stats - BoomMedia

Social media is a more recent development in the evolvement of communications technology. Everyone from business to your friends, is empowered through the use of blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites to reach wider audiences. Here is a short video below explaining the phenomenon and potential of social media.

Irish social Media Stats 2017

Here is a video that I made for this blog highlighting how advances in communications technology are allowing social media, I.T. and cloud computing industries to create jobs for Ireland.

 Why Ireland For Technology companies



How are videogames changing people's lives?
How important is technology for Ireland's future?

2010: Year of the iPad

Uploaded by  on Mar 2, 2011

Ipad Helps the Autistic Speak


How is mobile technology such as the iPad shaping our lives?
What are the benefits of mobile tablets like the iPad?

3D Printers

3D printers print ten houses in 24 hours
                                                             Published on Apr 16, 2014 by China View

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

                               Technology and the News
We are seeing shifts away from how we consume traditional news. Less people are watching news on traditional television sets. Many televisions are now smart screens or are hooked up to the internet. Many people are interacting with news stories such as where people are shaping opinion in the comments sections.

Often people are further exploring stories by conducting their own research on Google or Youtube or by following blogs. Modern day wars are often using social media to transmit messages which may not otherwise be seen eg. the Israel Palestine conflict, Iraq etc

Websites such as Wikileaks have explored areas where traditional news had feared to go. People are questioning traditional news sources more as they get access to instant information.

Is there a disadvantage to this?

Is there an advantage to this?

Can you think of any examples of how news is being changed or even shaped by technology?

What do you think is the future of mainstream news?

Technology and the Future
Here is a Ted talk video below by Patties Maes demonstrating the newest version of 6th sense technology. If you have seen the film Minority Report with Tom Cruise you may be surprised at how fast technology has developed towards making the technology used in the film a reality. The technology you see below allows users to interact with their environment in a more profound way.

Pattie Maes: Unveiling game-changing wearable tech

Uploaded by  on Mar 10, 2009

Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like - Official Video

Uploaded by  on Oct 27, 2011

Here is an interesting video interviewing a variety of people about their thoughts regarding the future of technology.

What is the future of communications?

Uploaded by  on Apr 28, 2011

Holographic TV coming in 2012

Uploaded by  on Jul 2, 2011

Here is a promotional video for Google Glasses. No longer are laptops required however how do you feel this will infringe on people's privacy?
Google Glasses Project
Published on May 7, 2012 by Huzaifah Bhutto

The advance of robotics is moving at a rapid pace. While also making our lives easier advances in technology are also threatening traditional jobs. What was once seen as simply belonging in a sci-fi movie is fast becoming a reality.
Google's 5 Bets on the Future: Robots and Sensors  

Published on Jan 14, 2014 by Bloomberg News  
How is technology predicted to evolve to help shape our future?
Is technology having too much of an influence over our lives?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Book Review: Atlas of the Irish Revolution

Authors: John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy John Borgonovo
Affiliation: University College Cork
Publication Year: Hardback September 2017
Pages: 984
Size: 299 x 237mm

ISBN: 9781782051176
Price 59 euros

This landmark publication covers the Irish revolution 1913-23 in one thousand pages with contributions from over one hundred historians. Featuring over three hundred original maps it details how topology and location played such an important part in this complex conflict. This book places the Irish revolution in its international context with telling use of several hundred illustrations, and reproductions of rarely seen key documents. It analyses the political and social changes which shaped modern Ireland and details the unspectacular aspects of ordinary Irish life. It will have wide appeal to a specialist and popular readership. 

'Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die…’
The ballad or narrative song has played an influential role in both the shaping of popular memory and the humanising of key historical events. ‘Grace’ was jointly composed in 1985 by the brothers Frank and Seán O’Meara and popularised subsequently the singer Jim McCann. It tells the story of the marriage of the marriage of Joseph  Mary Plunkett and Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Gaol shortly before Plunkett’s execution. The tenderness and poignancy of that moment is captured in lyrics that have resonated with the public ever since. Joseph’s love for Grace is manifest in a letter (above) written in Moore Street on the ‘sixth day of the Irish Republic’ where he leaves all his possession to her. Their short and intense courtship would be brought to a dramatic end by the events of Easter Week. The centenary commemoration of the Rising showed a willingness by the public to engage with and understand the 1916 participants on their own terms.

So how many active volunteers were there in Dublin during this period? Oscar Traynor who took over the brigade on the deaths of McKee and Clancy, put the number at 1,250. The approximate strength of the various Battalions in early 1921 was 1st Battalion: 250; 2nd Battalion: 250; 3rd Battalion: 250; 4th Battalion: 300; 5th, or Engineers’, Battalion: 100. This was the active membership ‘or the strength that was given by the Battalions as being on parade each month’. The 5th Battalion looked after other specialist activities, such as engineering, logistics and first aid. The most common form of transport for arms was the lowly handcart, notwithstanding  folklore about pregnant women, prams and hearses. By the time of the Truce, every ASU included trained medical orderlies. Volunteers’ membership of the St. John’s Ambulance and the Dublin Fire Brigade provided useful logistical and intelligence resources, as did the large number of Volunteers working in Dublin Port and the railways. It was through this network that the Volunteers were able to ambush trains on which troops were travelling to and from the city.          

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The O'Rahilly Easter Rising Stories

Directed and edited by Marcus Howard, independent film maker. Proinsias O'Rathaille is the grandson of The O'Rahilly who was shot in Moore Street and the son of Bridie Clyne, who was in Cumann Na mBan. He is attached to the Save Moore Street Campaign, Concerned Relatives of the Signatories to the 1916 Proclamation and the 1916 Relatives Centenary Initiative Group.

Easter Rising Stories is an independent series of films by Marcus Howard, an independent film maker. The videos are not for profit but rather for educational means. The aim of the series is to try to capture the recollections of relatives of the Easter Rising of 1916 as well as to document events and stories relating to the Easter Rising. If you are interested in getting in touch please contact:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Book Review We Bled Together: Michael Collins, The Squad and the Dublin Brigade

Irish History Book Review

We Bled Together: Michael Collins, The Squad and the Dublin Brigade
This thrilling account of the daring espionage and killings carried out by both sides on Dublin’s streets during the War of independence is vividly brought to life by Dominic Price using eyewitness testimonies and war diaries. Price reveals their meticulous research into guerrilla tactics employed by the Cubans in their War of Independence, the 2nd Boer War and General von Lettow-Vorbeck against the British in east Africa. He shows Collins and the Dublin Brigade’s desperate methods; improvised explosive devices, chemical weapons.  Their sacrifice and determination to bring to birth Irish freedom is well recorded in this intimate and poignant book.   

‘The Squad never questioned Collins’ reasons for having someone killed. Mick Collins, as far as members of the squad were concerned, ‘was the kind of man it was easy to trust’ … The risks and danger experienced by his operatives affected Collins greatly and he could visualise their suffering. Eamon Broy, who spent a lot of time with the Director of Ira intelligence, related how Collins described events:
Collins had such a remarkable power of description that, listening to him, one could form a        
vivid mental picture of the occurrences he described. For instance, in his account of the tortures of  
Hales and Harte in West Cork, the impression he created was a vivid as if one actually saw the 
pliers being used to tear the flesh from the victim. These tortures were inflicted by the British
Army long before the Black and Tans came to the country. As a result of his treatment Harte went insane.’